The Scoop: Carmel's Suspenseful 1-Point Win Over FWC

Potential Brewing For Girls Teams In Midwest At Trinity/Valkyrie

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The traditionally rich Midwest may have a few more teams to worry about this fall. 

Answers came in the form of some very compelling results out of the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, where the winning team was followed by a few others that could make some noise come postseason. 

As suspected, the Centerville (OH) High School girls, ranked No. 8 in the MileSplit50, ran well enough to win at Tom Sawyers Park, scoring 76 points behind two finishers in the top 10 and a 19:26 average. The Elks were led by sophomore Emma Bucher, who was second overall in 18:08.40.

But second place West Lafayette (IN) gave them a run for their money, scoring 79 points and four finishers in the top 23, while Brebeuf Jesuit (IN) was third with 84 points and Beavercreek (OH) was fourth with 87 points. 

That's just a margin of 11 points between the top four teams, which signals some real strength. 

Beavercreek could forge into a really dangerous team in Ohio. The squad saw junior Taylor Ewert produce the No. 8 fastest high school time on the course with a winning effort of 17:42.80 and a speed rating of 143, while her junior teammate, Jodie Pierce, was third and the rest of her teammates finished in the top 50. 

Beavercreek ultimately has to improve--it's spread was over three minutes--though Trinity/Valkyrie was a glimpse of the potential of a Division I contending team down the road. 

West Lafayette and Brebeuf Jesuit, meanwhile, will be battling it out in Indiana for the state's top finish. But West Lafayette's spread of 83 seconds was impressive enough on its own. 

View: Trinity/Valkyrie Coverage Page

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Girls Valkyrie Team Results

1Centerville762+5+18+25+26 (40)2:09 1-5 Split | 19:26 Avg
2West Lafayette High School797+9+15+19+29 (31+46)1:23 1-5 Split | 19:35 Avg
3Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School844+12+17+24+27 (56+60)1:49 1-5 Split | 19:34 Avg
4Beavercreek871+3+14+30+39 (42+63)3:15 1-5 Split | 19:20 Avg
5Medina1006+21+22+23+28 (33+38)1:29 1-5 Split | 19:56 Avg

Jake Renfree Runs Away With The Title

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The boys race, meanwhile, was a great example of why we shouldn't get carried away with speed ratings. 

This week, my coworker, Travis Miller, was ready to swear off Knoxville Christian (TN) High School senior Jake Renfree after a less than impressive debut at the Cherokee Classic last week, when the standout and Foot Locker Nationals qualifier was beaten by a minute by an unranked runner and earned a speed rating of 176. 

Well, Renfree brushed off that early race with a very impressive win at a better invitational on Saturday, earning the overall win in 15:32.80, which jumped into the top 50 results all-time on the course. 

With the win, he was speed rated at 186. 

The field didn't feature any national-caliber runners outside of Renfree, but it did feature some of the top teams in Ohio and Kentucky. 

In particular, St. Xavier. The one from Louisville, AND, Cincinnati. 

The Louisville St. Xavier squad managed to pick up the win with 80 points, finishing ahead of Cincinnati St. Xavier by 10 points. Louisville Trinity was third with 122.